After the successful lesson with Deon, I was so keen to put in the hard yards and feel us take some positive strides forward.
Unfortunately, B wasn’t sharing my same enthusiasm for these “hard yards”, and as is want to happen with young horses upon occasion, the wheels began to fall off.
Young horses be like…
We were getting through the rides, and the end result was always quite positive, but getting to that point seemed to be involving a mild-medium tantrum before B was willing to pull his socks up and try a bit harder.
Was I overly worried by this?
I had been warned this was a possible side effect of the “ask more/accept less” philosophy I was being encouraged to adopt, and it was likely things would get a bit worse before they got better.
He was right.
Not what I would consider a forward step in our training.
Luckily, B isn’t super committed to the #nortyhoss lifestyle, so whilst it was bad for him, it still wasn’t what I would consider bad period. Nevertheless, I wanted to ensure I was doing the right thing by him to help him through this phase and with Deon not being back for another month I finally bit the bullet and took B over to a local trainers place (about 45 minutes away).
Trainer J is another top level eventer, and rode at Adelaide International 3DE last year. She recently returned to our area to set up a training stable with her partner. Training with her is something I have told myself over and over again I would get to doing eventually.
Well, I finally did, and signed us up for a bootcamp…